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How is my Council Tax Spent?

Your money is spent on services provided by the council and other organisations.

Your council tax

We collect your council tax on behalf of Devon County Council*, ourselves West Devon Borough Council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority and Town and Parish Councils.

This year for an average band D property your council tax will be £2,230.64 and it is divided up like this:

AuthorityPercentage Share
Devon County Council62%
Devon County Council*
(Precept to fund adult social care)
West Devon Borough Council11%
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner11%
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority4%
Town and Parish Councils4%

*see statement concerning adult social care funding below

This video shows how your council tax is divided up and our spending plans for 2022-23. You can click on the video to see a larger version in a new browser window.

Changes in spending

West Devon Borough Council plans to spend £23.3 million (gross) on providing services for 2022/23. A total of £18.2 million of this amount comes from the income we receive from grants, fees and charges. Therefore the amount of council tax we need to collect is £5.1 million. The Council's net budget has increased slightly from £7.3 million in 2021/22 to £7.8 million in 2022/23.

The Council now has to be entirely independent to fund all of its services on a budget of just £7.8 million, as the Borough Council no longer receives any main Government Grant (Revenue Support Grant) and has had a reduction in core Government funding of £3 million per year since 2010. 

To secure the future of Council services to the public, the Council has increased council tax by £5.00 from £241.63 in 2021/22. This means that the cost of West Devon Borough Council's services for an average band D property will be £246.63 for 2022/23 (out of a total council tax bill for a band D property of £2,230.64).  The Council has committed to protecting frontline services where possible.

The Council continues to share staff with South Hams District Council. West Devon Borough Council is generating ongoing annual savings of £2.2 million from a joint Transformation Programme and sharing services with South Hams District Council. The Councils' shared workforce has been reduced by 30% through the T18 Transformation Programme and processes have been redesigned around the customer. The radical programme has changed how the Councils' work, to deliver more efficiencies and to retain the Councils' front line services.

West Devon Borough Council's Spending plans 2022/23

This year, our spending plans can be summarised as follows:

Service Name2022/23
Customer Service and Delivery
(frontline services such as waste, planning, housing, environmental health etc.)
Governance and Assurance
(mainly contracts; waste, leisure centres)
Place and Enterprise
(industrial units, business support)
Strategic Finance
(including financial planning)


Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities ('Adult social care authorities' are local authorities which have functions under Part 1of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016/17.  It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

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